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Saturday 20 February 2021

Brighton's EPIC Not Convinced Boris Johnson's Proposed Rapid Tests Are The Answer To Free Up Events Industry

The Brighton Event professionals Independent Committee (EPIC) is a group dedicated to supporting people working in the events industry in Brighton and surrounding areas and they believe that rapid tests are not the answer to freeing the local entertainment industry from its current Covid-19 restrictions.
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Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that rapid coronavirus testing could be the key to reopening music venues, and says the necessary plans are in place for it to be rolled out nationwide.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference , the Prime Minister said "rapid" lateral flow tests could be used by "those parts of the economy" that were unable to reopen their doors last year.

Ian Baird, Chair of the Brighton Event Professionals Independent Committee (EPIC), said:

"While we at EPIC greatly appreciate hearing the Prime Minister finally talk about the hugely damaged entertainment industries we are concerned at the lack of detail in suggestions for using rapid flow testing.

"We are aware that the efficacy of these tests is not high enough to give sufficient confidence on a test on the door basis. 

"There is also some highly complicated logistics needed in order for Nightclubs to manage groups for the 15 minute testing period.

"In addition to the above, the Prime Minister has failed to give any indication on how the additional costs for such a scheme could be met which would be prohibitive. 

"We await the Governments roadmap announcement on Monday but if the level of detail is anything like the suggestions raised today I doubt this will give much comfort to the entertainment and events industries."

by: Mike Cobley




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